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Chicago makes Bemidji debut with stellar concert

Chicago performing at Sanford Center.
Chicago performing at Sanford Center.
Shannon Northbird

The Chicago Transit Authority later renamed Chicago (to avoid threatened legal action with the transit company) made their Bemidji Minnesota debut Sunday April 27 at Sanford Center and they put on one amazing energized show. This would mark their 47th year out on the road and they haven't skipped a beat since.

The legendary group Chicago poses backstage at Sanford Center
Shannon Northbird

Although only four founding members remain from the original lineup, they have not lost their passion after all these years. Jimmy Pankow on trombone, Walt Parazaider on saxophone and woodwinds, Lee Loughlane on trumpet and Robert Lamm on keyboards. Over the years they completed the lineup with several other outstanding musicians. The group seemed to have the perfect set list, a little bit of old and a little bit of new. They even had a brief spotlight and plug for their upcoming release Chicago XXXVI: Now, which will be the groups thirty-sixth record, slated for release on July 4.

About 3,000 people came out to see the legendary band, with many using their phones to wave back and forth during the groups more intimate moments. It was easy to see that many were reminiscing of the old days as the songs brought them back to an era were things seemed much more simpler than they are now.

Chicago did not need to convince this crowd to like them, they already loved them the second they walked out on that stage. These guys love what they do night after night and it's so easy to see by the genuine smiles on their faces and how they draw their energy from knowing that there fans love them. Even more so after all these years they continue to be their inspiration.

Chicago Bemidji setlist

Questions 67 & 68
Dialogue (Part I & II)
If You Leave Me Now
Call on Me
(I've Been) Searchin' So Long
Will You Still Love Me?
Another Rainy Day in New York City
Look Away
Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon
Make Me Smile
So Much to Say, So Much to Give
Anxiety's Moment
West Virginia Fantasies
Colour My World
To Be Free
Now More Than Ever
Set 2:
Old Days
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Hard Habit to Break
You're the Inspiration
I'm a Man
(The Spencer Davis Group cover)
Street Player
Just You 'n' Me
Saturday in the Park
Hard to Say I'm Sorry / Get Away
Feelin' Stronger Every Day
25 or 6 to 4

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